Good Questions: Cleaning Tips for the Shag?

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Hello AT,

What is the cheapest way to clean my cream shag rug? It is an $80 rug from Target, so spending a lot of money doesn’t make sense (then I should just buy a new one), but I was HORRIFIED to see how dingy the parts of it were that weren’t under my bed. I live in Manhattan on the UWS if that has any bearing on rug cleaning recommendations.

Thanks, Andrea

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Dear Andrea,

This is a tough question because cheaper rugs use cheaper processes to process the wool and fibre that actually leaves them very raw and vulnerable to staining without their natural oils.

Does anyone have a real suggestion?